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St. Angus | Draai Laag Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Draai Laag Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 05-12-2013

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of GregSemenza
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjvanston
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very carbonated deep plum. Head dissipates quickly. Clove and cinnamon shine through on the aroma with a little belgian yeast / hay undertone. The orange is there if you strain. Taste is very spice forward with lots of clove & coriander right off the bat. That fades and the end has more of the ginger and some Belgian yeast. Orange at the ebd, but I felt it clashed with the rest of the brew. Honey is there for mouthfeel which is slick. The spice / sweet combo here is unique and the beer has lots going on, but not all the flavors compliment each other and the spice overwhelms at the beginning. Draai Laag turns out interesting beers, but this isn't their best.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LisaPPitMom
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Draai Laag’s winter pack—into a Draai Laag tulip.

I call this Draai Laag’s “winter warmer.” Ginger-forward, spicy-clovey, molasses, and I get the slightly bitter citrus finish that another reviewer called buried Triple Sec : )

At 9.7%, it’s a sipper. Complex like all Draai Laag concoctions.

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Photo of Waveoff
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Oddballstocks
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devo1980
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have visited the Draai Laag Brewer on several different occasions and have never had a lousy beer. All they do is churn out delicious beer.
I would guess I have tried 8-10 of their beers. My biggest complaint is that the names of the beers are so incomprehensible, that my brain does not remember which ones I have had.
I do remember St. Angus. It is excellent. Smooth, Strong, Bold Flavor that tastes like a big beer should.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joecon
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty. Smells almost like wine. Big clove taste!

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draai Laag "St. Angus"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$63.68/case @ Holiday Beverage Inc., Indiana, PA

St. Angus pours a very dark, almost black mahogany brown body that gleams with ruby-crimson highlights. The short head of tan foam drops steadily to an average collar and whispy surface covering.

Spice greets you in the nose, with clove and cinnamon leading the charge while ginger brings up the rear. Soft dark fruits round it out, and it's reminiscent of Xmas.

At first sip, the spices take a step back in the flavor as the malt is much more solid than the noses suggests, adding notes of toasted dark bread, medium-dark caramel, baked apples, and an edge of burnt sugar. The spices return with strength across the middle though, and it's very much like gingerbread or a dark carrot cake until the fruitiness steps in and ushers you towards the long lingering finish. A solid bitterness anchors it, and although it's sweet upfront and along the edges after you've swallowed, it's not what you might call a "sweet" beer as the spices continually help to dry it. As it lingers, the dark fruit fades and the spice returns, lighter than it was, but still quite clear, carrying over to top-off a slice of warm apple pie and a caramel-drizzled piece of toasty bread.

Quite the festive holiday beer! It takes the traditional holiday spiced ale that I'm so used to and turns it Belgian - or is it the other way around !?! I'm not sure I could ever drink this without referencing Xmas in my mind. That's not to say that I'd only drink it between Thanksgiving and the New Year, because a little bit of Xmas cheer is welcome anytime, but the choice of spices could never slip by unnoticed. So, at the very least, St. Angus is my new favorite holiday beer, and I intend to have it on-hand as the last beer of the evening on Thanksgiving night, and the first beer of the evening on Xmas eve! Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Preluderl
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Draai Laag tulip.

Wow, this is really nice. Clove, ginger, cinnamon, dark fruit. Significantly more mellow, smooth, than similarly styled Belgians than I've had previously.

Overall another very strong effort from an up and coming local Pittsburgh brewer. Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip: Deep plum that you can just about round up to black, nice little bit of ruby highlights around the edges. No head, unfortunately.

Cinnamon & clove jump right out of the glass, with the ginger following close behind. A little bubble gum, a little grape jam. Even develops a kind of Pumking pie crust/graham cracker smell. Really bright spices, not muddled at all. There's some triple sec lurking down in there too, on the fence between citric & fusel.

The spices hit all at once in the taste - the ginger drops out first, then the orange, & the cinnamon & clove linger, ushering in a moderate alcohol taste & dropping a taste like apple pie (moonshine?). Long aftertaste has a nice baked apple as well.

Mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown at first with the low carb, but the spice & booze are active enough to liven it up a bit.

Honestly, the more I drink it, the more I'm thinking "Pumking - pumpkin + apple". Like other recent Draai Laag brews, this is still a thinker, but it's also genuinely pleasing & enjoyable.

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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -4%

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St. Angus from Draai Laag Brewing Company
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